Incident Summary:

10/23/2008: On Thursday morning at 0800, in the Ar Rusafa district of Baghdad, Iraq, a suicide bomber detonated a vehicle-improvised explosive device after ramming into the convoy of the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs in the central Bab as Sharqi neighborhood, killing between three and eight civilians, three police officers, three or four private security guards; wounding between 16 and 20 civilians, two police officers, four private security guards; damaging two vehicles, one police vehicle, three civilian vehicles, and a dozen shops. No group claimed responsibility.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
Ar Rusafa Bab as Sharqi neighborhood, Baghdad, Iraq.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Assassination
Successful Attack? (more) No
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Minister of Labor and Social Affairs
Specific Description The Minister of Labor and Social Affairs
Nationality of Target Iraq
Additional Information
Hostages No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives/Bombs/Dynamite Vehicle
Weapon Details
A vehicle-borne improvised explosive device was used by a suicide bomber.
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?Yes
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Unknown No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 11 Fatalities / 26 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 11
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 1
Total Number of Injured 26
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"National Counterterrorism Center, "Eight Civilians, Three Police Officers, Four Private Security Guards Killed, Twenty Civilians, Two Police Officers, Four Private Security Guards Wounded in Suicide VBIED Attack in Baghdad, Iraq", Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, December 8, 2009."
"Irish Times, "Suicide Car Bomber Kills 11 in Baghdad Attack on Minister", LexisNexis Academic, Irish Times, October 24, 2008."
"Agence France Presse, "Eleven Killed as Car Bomber Hits Iraq Minister's Convoy," LexisNexis Academic, Agence France Presse, October 23, 2008."